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New Self-Guided Garden Tours at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 9, 2016

For plant enthusiasts, we have two new self-guided tours that will take guests through the historic gardens at Edison Ford! The “Palm Tour” and the “Plants in Your Cupboards” tour both have accompanying customized guide maps for walking the gardens.

Palm Tour – NEW

The “Palm Tour” has 33 stops throughout the historic gardens where visitors can view all 66 species of palms at Edison Ford. Visitors will tour through the Research Gardens where Edison grew plants for his rubber research and will learn several fun facts, including if you can tell the age of a palm the same way you can with trees!

Plants in Your Cupboards Tour – NEW

The “Plants in Your Cupboards” Tour has 13 stops and focuses on common items that are found in your home that have a botanical source, such as cinnamon, lipstick, food coloring, Vicks VapoRub and vanilla. Adults and children alike will learn about products that come from plants. Tour highlights include the Research Gardens and many specific plants, including the cinnamon tree, lipstick plant and vanilla orchid. The guide map has a brief summary on several of the plants on the tour and more detailed information is provided on a sign at the plant site for the other stops.

Be one of the first to try out these new tours and learn the many interesting purposes of the plants at Edison Ford!

Edison Ford Community Garden – Time to Renew or Sign Up for Your Plot

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 21, 2016

community garden feb 2015It has been a long hot summer, but it is time to get excited about growing vegetables in the Community Garden once again. We are giving the Community Garden a face lift to prepare for our upcoming growing season. This will include adding additional irrigation hook-ups as well as replacing the boards of the garden plots. We will also be providing fresh compost to amend the soil for the best growing conditions. Our new Garden Specialist, Eric Frankovitch, is here to help with advice on how to get the most out of each garden plot and Janice Schmidt, Garden Shoppe Manager, is ordering appropriate vegetables for sale in the Garden Shoppe.

For more information or to reserve your plot or to renew contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org. The community garden form is also available on our Web site.


Edison Ford Volunteer Meeting and Lecture

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 9, 2016
  • September 13, 10:00 a.m. – Butterfly Gardening – Lecture Hall in South Florida Water Management

monarch and duranta        Did you know Edison Ford has a butterfly garden certified by The North American Butterfly Association? Learn about Edison Ford’s participation in the official North American Butterfly Association Fourth of July 2017 butterfly count.

Join us for our September volunteer meeting with Senior Horticulturist, Debbie Hughes as she shares how you can create your own butterfly garden in the ground or in a container.

Butterfly plants will be available to purchase and Edison Ford volunteers and members will receive a 20% discount.

Volunteer Meetings are open to current and potential volunteers. For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact Holly Shaffer or Bobby Feldman, Volunteer Coordinators at 239-334-7419.

Memorial Tree Program

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 27, 2016

tree planting kidsWith Arbor Day every spring, many families, individuals and businesses are participating in the Memorial and Commemorative Tree Program at Edison Ford. Although this is a year-round program, there seems to be a lot of activity in the springtime like the family in this photograph.

There is a long list of appropriate trees that need to be constantly “sistered” (meaning replacement trees for the historic collection) throughout the gardens. It is a meaningful and much needed program. Many people also add a a commemorative bench and other ways to celebrate a family member, friend, wedding or anniversary.

Contact Nancy Achter in the Edison Development Office at nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org or by calling 239-335-3678 for additional information on how to be part of this important project and leave a lasting legacy at Edison Ford.

Make a Hypertufa Bowl

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 11, 2016

March 19, 9:00 – Noon (to create your bowl); March 26, 9:00 – 11:00 (to unmold your
hypertufa bowlJoin Jim Hopton, art teacher and artist, in this two day workshop to learn how to make a molded hypertufa bowl out of Edison’s Portland Cement. The class will be held in the Estates Greenhouse with all supplies provided. When completed, fill the bowl with easy care succulents available for purchase in the Garden Shoppe.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $50; non-members $55. RSVP to Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.

Edison Ford Community Garden Plots

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 28, 2015

community garden dec 2015 updateEdison Ford Community Garden Plots are all taken now BUT an additional 20 plots will be created soon! Come and inspect our growing vegetables in the Community Garden – back of the FPL Solar Field.
Call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 to reserve your plot for 2016. Remember, in the Museum Store and Garden Shoppe, there are wonderful heritage seeds for vegetables and flowers and live herbs and vegetables for sale.

Hypertufa Shoebox Trough Class

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 18, 2015

● January 9, 9:00 a.m. – Noon AND January 16, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (two-part class)
hypertufa box dec 2015 updateJoin Jim Hopton, our volunteer and artist, in this two-part workshop to learn how to make a rustic hypertufa plant trough using a shoebox. Learn the basics, formula, and mold making techniques in this two part workshop. The first Saturday participants will make the hypertufa shoebox trough and the second Saturday they will be cleaned and ready to take home. The finished pot is great for growing succulents which you can purchase in our Garden Shoppe. The class will be held in the Propagating Greenhouse. The class is limited to 10 participants.
Cost: Edison Ford Members $50; non-members $55. RSVP to Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Registrar at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.

FGCU Volunteers Working with Edison Ford Horticulture Staff

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 28, 2015

     FGCU volunteers majoring in Biology are working with Edison Ford horticulture staff this summer. Their work will include plant care, propagation, and of course, working in the Garden Shoppe.

FGCU students in horticulture Katie Thomas, from Fort Myers, is a Junior at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and is majoring in Biology with her sights set on a medical career. Laura Longa is also in her Junior year and majoring in Biology. Both are pictured working at the new entrance to the Garden Shoppe.

They are enjoying working with Debbie Hughes and Janice Schmidt in the gardens and applying their academic majors. Edison Ford is proud to have the future generations already cultivating their future here.

To apply to be an intern at Edison Ford, fill out the Student Intern Application and the Student Intern Volunteer Contract and submit along with a resume that includes a written objective about why you want to intern at Edison Ford. CLICK HERE to download the application.


Edison Ford Garden Tours

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 24, 2015
  • Every Wednesday & Saturday – 10:30 a.m.

Horticulturists lead behind-the-scenes garden tours which include 20 acres of historic gardens, crop gardens, propagating nursery, and Garden Shoppe full of exotic, heritage and edible plants for gardens and containers. Ticket includes free time to tour Edison Ford and participants receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe. This tour also includes the NEW Ask the Horticulturist program.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE (one time); non-members $30. Group Tours for 20 or more people $25, call 239-334-7419. Group tours are subject to availability and require advance reservations.

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Garden Talk: Orchids, Easy Tips and Hands-On Workshop

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 2, 2015
  • May 9, 10:00 a.m. – Museum West Porch

       We will show you how to re-pot your orchid and you can purchase supplies and pots in our Garden Shoppe.

orchid debbie     Orchids can be hugely successful in Southwest Florida if you have the know-how. They can also be a relatively carefree year round bloomer. Debbie Hughes, Edison Ford Senior Horticulturist and orchid specialist, and Janice Schmidt, Horticulturist and Garden Shoppe Manager, will lead the workshop. There will also be some very special orchids available for sale and just in time for Mother’s Day.

A hundred years ago, Mina and Thomas and Clara and Henry grew hundreds of orchids in the trees in their two estates. Edison Ford has been managing and adding to their collection with great success and close to 500 orchids are located throughout the property.

Participants will receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe. Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10. (Pre-register by email lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org, by calling Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or register the day of class.)

Note: Participants might want to park at the new Botanical Garden Shoppe entrance at the corner of McGregor and Larchmont. Look for the new walkway and a new wood pergola is coming. Enter through the bougainvillea hedge.